Credit: Paterson Times.

Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best and most topical reporting from local news sites around New Jersey. 

The Paterson Times reports that residents are happy with a new ordinance that bans crowds from loitering in front of businesses — giving police the ability to bust up rowdy groups outside of bodegas, liquor stores and the like.

On Baristanet, a blogger calls on residents to protest building height allowances in the proposed new master plan. Zoning is also a big topic on Mercer Me, which this week features a story on proposed residential rezoning for a commercial area filled with corporate campuses.

New Brunswick Today continues to follow up on the story of the city fire director who struck three children with his SUV — now tracking reports that the director did not call 911 or use his fire department radio to report the incident.

Education reporting is big in the towns, as always, with Brick City Live providing the latest on students meeting with the state education commissioner, and the Paterson Times reporting on a new teacher contract and the groundbreaking for a new school.

Newark students at a sit-in. Credit: Brick City Live.

Newark students at a sit-in. Credit: Brick City Live.

Morristown Green has the background story on the local woman who pushed for the adoptees’ bill signed by Gov. Christie earlier this week.

Westfield TAP presents a slideshow of great pictures from the town Memorial Day Parade. AndWestfield boys lacrosse is celebrating a Group 4 Championship.

Finally, the Center for Cooperative Media At Montclair State University has announced nine more micro-grants for startup local news sites in New Jersey. Congratulations to the winners!

Our full roundup:

City bans hangouts in front of stores Paterson Times
BLOG: Montclair Master Plan — We Need To Speak Louder Baristanet
Just don’t call it a “town center” — Hopewell Township Considers Revised Zoning for Scotch Road Mercer Me
Newark sit-in students to meet with New Jersey Department of Education commissioner today Brick City Live

Evidence Suggests Fire Director Did Not Contact Police After Hitting 3 Kids, Contrary to Prosecutor’s Office Claim New Brunswick Today
Westfield Memorial Day Parade Honors Those Who Served Westfield TAP
Westfield Boys Lacrosse Beats Southern for Group 4 Title Westfield TAP
Teachers’ union reaches tentative agreement with school district Paterson Times
Governor signs adoptees rights bill; ‘Huge relief,’ says Morristown crusader 
Morristown Green*
Center for Cooperative Media Announces Startup Grant Winners NJ News Commons*

*Asterisked articles are available for reposting through the NJ News Commons Story Exchange.